PRINCETON – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana was recently recognized as a 2017 Healthiest Employer, coming in at No. 16, a 28-slot jump from No. 44 in 2016. The plant celebrates the newly earned distinction with three $10,000 donations to the East, North and South Gibson School Corporations to promote health initiatives for students and teachers.

“Safety and quality are top priorities at Toyota,” said plant vice president Tim Hollander. “Wellness is an essential part of safety for our team members, and we’re committed to providing resources to enhance and enrich their lives.”

Since 2006, the Princeton auto manufacturer has offered health-driven programs to its team members ranging from general wellness screenings and flu shots to full-blown wellness initiatives promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

The plant has a dedicated wellness department with field experts that host annual events to engage team members, offer information on healthy living—fitness and nutrition—as well as massage therapy, educational opportunities, and free admission to locally sponsored runs and races. Toyota Indiana hosts an annual wellness camp for local fifth-graders to encourage healthy behavior at a young age.

“Everything at Toyota has wellness built-in to the process,” said Tony Dillon, human resources and safety general manager. “Before new team members can even begin their production roles, they participate in a six-week physical conditioning program in one of our three on-site wellness centers to prepare them for each individual process. This ensures they have the knowledge and experience to be safe and take care of their health in and outside of the plant.”

Healthiest Employers is an awards program recognizing organizations that proactively shape the health of their employees. Award applicants were evaluated across six key categories measuring company culture and engagement, continuous learning and improvement, the use of technology and subject matter experts, recordable data and an understanding of current challenges for employees and relevant health issues.

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